Category: College of Engineering

Petrichor: Raindrops Release Clouds Of Aerosols On Impact

January 15th, 2015 in 2015, College of Engineering, James Bird, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Bird, College of Engineering

People love that earthy smell after it rains. It turns out there is a good science reason for it, and it’s been captured using high-speed imaging…

Expert quote:

“I’m impressed by the extent [to which] the authors have unraveled the underlying physics. The aspect of this paper that I find most exciting is that it brings the conversation of bubble-induced aerosol formation from the ocean over to the land. Microbes from soil have been observed high in the atmosphere; this paper provides an elegant mechanism by which these microbes can be propelled past the stagnant layer of air around them to a place where the breeze can take them elsewhere.”

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Directed evolution of reason

January 5th, 2015 in 2015, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

Evolution, while sometimes desperately needed, is a very slow process. We do not have millennia at our disposal to wait for a discourse on reason and tolerance to emerge…

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The science behind the bubbly in champagne

December 31st, 2014 in 2014, Boston Globe, College of Engineering, James Bird, Newsmakers 0 comments

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James Bird, College of Engineering

Most people save the turn of the calendar year for celebration and reflection, but New Year’s Eve doubles as a demonstration of the fact that fascinating, interesting, and even some unsolved scientific questions are often right under our noses…

Expert quote:

“Before I drink, I hold it up and give a toast and that fraction of a second before you take a sip, the thing I like to look at is the stream of bubbles.”

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Bridging the gulf of distrust

December 29th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

We are increasingly isolating ourselves. More so, in 2014 than in 2013. I do not mean international isolation or a geopolitical one, but isolation that comes from the loss of trust in people and institutions…

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Don’t give up on the future

December 22nd, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

There are two kinds of teachers in the world. Whether we agree or not, both are enablers of the future…

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Detours and true callings

December 16th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

Our politicians are a lucky bunch. They have their Eureka moments as often as they wish. Most find their true callings multiple times in their careers. So what, if the true calling happens to agree with the popular flavour of that day?…

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The health of our values

December 8th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

Disturbing would be an understatement. The recent crises in the health sector just in the last few weeks, from the deaths of infants due to lack of basic medical equipment in multiple central hospitals, to kids dying of starvation in Thar, to the cold-blooded murders of polio workers, to the confusion around HIV-infected blood given to thalassaemia patients, should make us pause, to wonder if the system is crumbling or if it has reached the same elite status as our railways…

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Our Africa problem

December 4th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

For starters, Africa is a continent, not a country. That too a pretty large one. It is big enough to hold a United States, India, China, Eastern and Western Europe and Japan and still have room for a few Singapores and Dubais. Second, this may come as a surprise, but it has many countries, 47 on the mainland, 53 if you include the islands. Third, and perhaps most shockingly to many of us, the Ebola outbreak is exclusively in West Africa, with the epicentre in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea…

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Humans, not statistics

December 1st, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

Poverty takes away identity…

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Our problem, too

November 24th, 2014 in 2014, College of Engineering, Muhammad Zaman, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors 0 comments

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By Muhammad Zaman, College of Engineering

“It’s their own problem.” This was an immediate and emphatic response of a pharmaceutical executive, responding to my question to him about the recent report that nearly half of all substandard and counterfeit drugs in Afghan markets are made in Pakistan

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